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Town Without Pity (1961)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | March 1961 (Austria)
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Four American soldiers stationed near a German village face death in the rape of a local girl, and are defended by outside counsel Major Steve Garrett.

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Manfred Gregor (novel), George Hurdalek (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Maj. Steve Garrett
Barbara Rütting ... Inge Koerner
Christine Kaufmann ... Karin Steinhof
E.G. Marshall ... Col. Jerome Pakenham
Hans Nielsen Hans Nielsen ... Karl Steinhof
Ingrid van Bergen ... Trude
Robert Blake ... Cpl. Jim Larkin
Richard Jaeckel ... Cpl. Birdwell "Birdie" Scott
Frank Sutton ... Sgt. Chuck Snyder
Karin Hardt ... Frau Steinhof
Gerhart Lippert Gerhart Lippert ... Frank Borgmann
Mal Sondock Mal Sondock ... Pvt. Joey Haines
Alan Gifford ... Gen. Stafford
Max Haufler Max Haufler ... Dr. Urban
Rose Renée Roth Rose Renée Roth ... Frau Kulig
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Storyline

In 1960 Germany, Army lawyer Major Steve Garrett is assigned to defend four American soldiers charged with raping 16 year-old Karin Steinhof. She was swimming in a nearby river when the four of them came across her and they were soon arrested thereafter. Maj. Garrett is anything but impressed with his clients but his job is to give them the best defense possible. He tries to obtain a plea bargain but Karin's father flatly refuses and the prosecutor, Colonel Jerome Pakenham, is seeking the death penalty. In order for the death penalty to be applied, the defense attorney must have the opportunity to thoroughly examine the victim under oath. He sympathizes with Karin and does his best to convince Karin father to keep her from testifying. When he refuses, Garrett is left will little choice but to attack her on the stand. Written by garykmcd

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The Story of What Four Men Did To a Girl... And What the Town Did To Them!

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Language:

English | German

Release Date:

March 1961 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Shocker See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Mal Sondock (Private Joey Haines) was a Texas-born American expatriate who was a disc jockey with AFN while serving with the U.S. Army in West Germany. After his enlistment ended in the late 1950s, Sondock stayed in Europe and became famous as a master of ceremonies and radio host at Westdeuscher Rundfunk (WDR) in Cologne. He hosted a very popular American music show on WDR, "Mal Sondock's Hit-Parade". His American-accented German endeared him to his vast audience. He passed away from a long illness in Cologne in 2009, at the age of seventy-five. See more »

Goofs

When the two officers are dismissed from the Courts Marshall by challenge by Kirk Douglas's character; as they leave they salute court. Soldiers don't not render hand salutes indoors; to salute indoors is accomplished by coming to attention, and or if carrying a weapon, presenting arms. See more »

Quotes

Col. Jerome Pakenham: This is no cross-examination! It's a circus!
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Referenced in Mr. Belvedere: Sweet Charity (1985) See more »

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Town Without Pity
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Gene Pitney
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Overuse of Good Music Without Pity
28 January 2007 | by internut02See all my reviews

This was all in all a great film, with riveting performances from all the cast. My problem was the weak,ineffective score, which took a great theme song and beat it like a dead horse. The opening scene and credits placed the song well, but the frequent, unrelenting repeat of the theme both instrumental and with Gene Pitney's great vocals throughout the film in quite inappropriate places "isn't very pretty" at all. Very distracting to the viewer, and certainly took away some of the film's impact.The rest of the score was passable, but nothing special. I think the intended tone of the film could have been maintained or even intensified if there were no further music in the film after the song ran with the opening credits.


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